Symposium on the Challenges of Severe Convective Storms


Meteorological aspects of high-impact tornado outbreaks

Gregory S. Forbes, The Weather Channel, Atlanta, GA

Large-scale weather patterns have been examined for the ten largest tornado outbreaks recorded in the United States, and for the fifteen tornado outbreaks having greatest impact. Outbreak impact is assessed on the basis of not merely tornado count, but also includes numbers of fatalities and injuries, amount of damage, numbers of significant and violent tornadoes, combined tornado path length, and number of wide-track tornadoes, among other factors. The results show considerable variability between outbreaks.

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Poster Session 1, The Observation, Modeling, Theory, and Prediction of Severe Convective Storms and Their Attendant Hazards
Wednesday, 1 February 2006, 2:30 PM-4:00 PM, Exhibit Hall A2

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